MCREF_Histo-Prgrm-Info.1 - Histotechnician Program 03/2011...

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Histotechnician Program 0 3 / 2 0 1 1 Program Summary Program Description Program Mission Program Goals and Competencies Admission Policy Curriculum General Information Program Summary Marshfield Labs (St. Joseph’s Hospital/Marshfield Clinic Joint Venture Lab) offers a 50- week program in Histology. The Histotechnician program is affiliated with the following universities: ± University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI ± University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, WI ± Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI ± Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI Students enrolled in the Histotechnician program participate in a practicum designed to expose them to the everyday workflow of a histology laboratory and teach them the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a fully competent Histotechnician (HT). The program awards a certificate of completion to students completing the program. The awarding of the certificate is not contingent upon passing any external licensure or certification examination. Graduates are eligible to take a national Board of Certification exam to become certified as a Histotechnician (HT). Students enrolled at a university during the practicum receive a degree from their university. The Histotechnician program was established at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1951 and is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Information regarding program accreditation status may be obtained from NAACLS at 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018-5119, Ph. 773-714- 8880, or at . Program Description Histology technicians and technologists assist the pathologist by preparing and staining thin tissue sections from surgical and autopsy specimens for microscopic study. To enable the student to learn these techniques, reviews are given on microscopy, medical terminology, and basic chemistry. Lectures on tissue preparation, laboratory techniques, computer entry, normal microscopic histology, instrumentation, histochemistry, quality control, management, safety, and immunohistochemistry (IHC) are given by staff technicians and pathologists. 1
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Students attend an average of ten hours of formal lectures per week during the first three months of the practicum. The rest of the time is spent learning and practicing laboratory techniques for tissue microtomy, embedding, frozen sectioning, and routine, special, and IHC staining. The finished product is a tissue section (mounted on a slide and stained), from which the pathologist makes a diagnosis. Other special rotations include a visit to the veterinary lab and minimal cross training in cytology specimen preparation. Specialty areas include immunoperoxidase, muscle biopsies, and exposure to electron microscopy and molecular areas. The student is allowed to view autopsies.
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